Cat with food allergies?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
181 posts
Blushing bee

Aww, your poor kitty. Make sure you are giving the new diets enough time to work, sometimes it can take up to 3 months for symptoms to start improving when they are eating something they are not allergic to. Also, make sure you are not giving the cat any treats, table scraps, vitamins, or supplements during the food trials (they could be allergic to something in it). Make sure everyone in your family is aware of how important this is (Some people have small children who may drop food). Cats are usually either allergic to the protein or the grain source. Make sure each food you try has only one protein and one grain source so you can start ruling things out. Also, keep a written log to make sure each food you try has a new protien and new grain source that you have not tried before.

You can get allergy tests done on your cat. They are not cheap, bus as you know neither is the soeciality food! You can also get a blood test drawn on your cat to test for allergies. Heska is the company that the blood would be sent to and they would test it. Its been a few years since I have worked at a Vet, but if I remember correctly the allergy blood test is a couple hundred. The blood test is pretty accurate, but every once in awhile it can be off. Skin  testing is very accurate to determine allergies. If you search for a veterinarian who specalizes in dermatology, they will be able to give you more info on that. Actually, it would be good to make an appointment with a dermatologist either way because they have alot of knowledge about food allergies.

If it is manifesting as skin problems have you ever tried a medication called atopica? It is used to treat allergic dermatitus and works really good. If all else fails, you can also try corticosteriods.  Food allergies are such a pain to figure out, but keep at it. 



Post # 4
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My friend with an allergic cat found that the Trader Joe’s cat food worked for her cat. Of course, they could be different allergies, but it’s worth a try!

Post # 6
6985 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Merrick’s Before Grain (the tuna flavor) worked great for my old kitty. I never had her allergy tested, but before switching to this food she used to overgroom her belly and legs terribly.


Post # 9
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My adopted kitty (5 years old) has food alergies.  “Taste of the Wild” canyon river (fish/salmon) flavor has worked wonders for her.  During her first month with us she overgroomed to the point of bleeding sores on her stomach 🙁 but she responds well to this food and it is gluten/major cat allergen free.  It took her and the other cat a few days to get used to it since it isn’t overly flavored like some cat foods but now they love it.






Post # 10
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have a kitty with IBD, not skin allergies, but we’re managing with diet right now, so here are my recs!

Weruva Cats in the Kitchen, particularly the tuna and pumpkin. Petco also sells their own version of this food called Soulistic–it’s the exact same company that makes it, just sold under a different name. They don’t do as well on the canned versions of the Soulistic for some reason. I love that pumpkin is the starch, and also that there are no weird ingredients at all–even the tuna/salmon comes in big chunks, not all ground up.

Nature’s Variety Instinct turkey limited ingredient cans. They also make rabbit and duck LID, but my cats are too fussy for those. Green pea is the starch in these.

Natural Balance duck and green pea dry food (for when we go out of town for the weekend). They LOVE this food and do well on it, but I try to keep them off dry food for carb reasons, as one of them is overweight.

Post # 13
1441 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

When my kitty had food allergies, the feline dermatologist had me make her rice every day and mix it with lamb baby food.  I found it totally disgusting, as a vegetarian, but I will say that she started feeling better, her fur started growing back, and she was happier and healthier so it was worth it.

Post # 14
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Jijitattoo:  BFF actually is another Weruva line, so that might be a no-go there.

Did you get the Limited Ingredient Nature’s Variety? I know they have a few different lines, and our first go-round with them was a disaster, haha, before we went the limited ingredient route. I don’t think that their limited ingredient comes in a dry (or else I would probably get it, lol) so double check on that!

Also I’ve heard Tiki Cat is good (just typed good as food first, haha) – we haven’t tried it because it has some really unusual ingredients (crab, etc) and is a bit pricey, but just wanted to throw that out there in case you hadn’t tried it.

Oh, and raw food is really popular for people whose pets have IBD (again, not sure about food allergies) so that might be something else to try!

Post # 16
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Jijitattoo:  Have you tried a raw diet from a specialty pet food store?

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